Alumni - Where are they now?
We would love to hear from former Lingfield College pupils and your stories of what you have achieved after you left the School. Please contact Alumni Secretary, Susan Roe on firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 1947
Trevor attended the School between 1942 - 1947 for his primary education. After that he had to move on as boys were not allowed to enter the Senior part of the School. Trevor recently visited the school and brought in his school reports from 1944, 1945 and 1946!
Class of 1971
Sr Anna Winstanley
"I attended the junior school at Lingfield from 1967 til 1970/1, and my sister, Stella, was at the senior school from 1965. I have very vivid memories of the school; all the buildings, sisters Walbert, Arimithea, Miriam and Clara. I remember the playground with its drinking fountains and the orchard where we used to set up home under the trees and pick the sorrel to suck the stalks. I remember the train line (Stella and I used to take the train to Hurst Green). One of my classmates, Frances Laney, lived in an amazing house with a tower on the corner of the station approach and if nobody was looking, we used to sneak out of the line to visit it on the way back to the station. I remember most of the names of the girls in my class and last year, for the first time, had the amazing good fortune to reconnect with one of them, Sally Hayes; she happens to be the cousin of a schoolfriend of one of our sisters! What a small world! Stella remembers Sr Walbert well, too, and also sister Arimithea and Sister Hildegarde.
In 1970/1 we moved from Surrey down to Dorset and it was only then I realized the incredible standard of education we had received at Lingfield. I went on to study music at the Royal Academy in London (oboe) and worked in London for a few years before entering the Carmelite Monastery at Quidenham in Norfolk in 1986. I have been there ever since, still playing oboe, and now flute and organ. I am the main monastery cook and have been in charge of all the music and liturgy for the past 20 years. I have always remembered Sister Clara from my Lingfield days and have used her unflagging kindness and gentleness as a model for my own living of religious community life. Stella has enjoyed a very successful career as a nurse. Last year she retired and now lives back in Weymouth where she looks after our elderly mother."
If you would like to contact Sr Anna, please email email@example.com.
Class of 1977
Susan Woolliams (previously Lawrence)
Susan was at Notre Dame Convent School from 1970 to 1977, and left with 10 O Levels, 3 A levels (French, German, English Literature) and an S level in German. During her time at Lingfield Notre Dame she was a Deputy House Captain in Lower Sixth, and Head Girl in her last year.
Susan then went to Exeter University and graduated in 1980 with a BA in French, German and English Literature. During her time at Exeter she met her husband to be and they became engaged during their time away in France. They married in 1982 and the priest who married them was the School Chaplain at the time.
Susan worked in London for eight years, firstly for Visa International (banking, using languages), and then (for the remaining six years) in publishing (travel trade publishers, then London based magazines as Production Manager and later on the editorial side too). During the years bringing up her two children she became freelance, based at home in Suffolk, and did a mixture of publications design, translation, editorial work, and business journalism.
In 2001 Susan trained to be a modern foreign languages teacher and has been teaching ever since in various high schools in Suffolk and Norwich; teaching mostly French, but also German, Spanish and IT.
Two years ago, both children having moved away to get on with their lives and jobs, Susan decided to give up her Head of Department role and go part-time so she could enrol on the MA (part-time) in Biography and Creative non-fiction at the University of East Anglia. This has been a brilliant opportunity to look back in some detail at past times, and she has loved researching and writing about her school days, especially about her own teachers!
For the last five years, Susan has kept in touch with a growing group of pupils from her NDC cohort, and they have been meeting for reunions in Lingfield. They have a facebook group and are always in touch nowadays, even though some live as far away as the USA and Australia. “It's great to talk about our school experiences and compare memories.” Susan’s younger sister was also at the school and she sees her two best friends and their husbands on a regular basis, including every New Year!